Disgraced lobbyist Abramoff takes up job in pizzeria

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Jack Abramoff leaves court after his guilty plea in January 2006.

Former US lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was jailed on corruption charges in 2006, has landed a job in a kosher pizza restaurant.

Mr Abramoff was released into a halfway house in Baltimore two weeks ago after serving more than three years for fraud, corruption and conspiracy.

The halfway house arranged Mr Abramoff's new job.

The owner of the restaurant said he had hired halfway house residents before.

Mr Abramoff's crimes include a fraudulent deal to buy casino boats and conspiring to bribe public officials.

As a millionaire and lobbyist, his network reached deep into Washington's political establishment, and his investigation sent shockwaves through the city. It also sparked off a wide-ranging public corruption probe.

As part of his plea deal, Mr Abramoff provided information to the Justice Department that helped convict a member of Congress for taking bribes.

A former Deputy Secretary of the Interior appointed by President George W Bush - J Steven Griles - was the highest level administration official convicted.

Mr Abramoff is expected to be released from the halfway house in December.

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